ried; Dr. David Caldwell, Jr., a physician, Inarried Susan Clark
in 1811 ; Thomas married Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Doak,
in 1813 ; John W. married first Martha Davis in 1800, and sec-
ond Margaret Cabe, of Orange County, in 1822 ; Robert C. mar-
ried first Maria B. Latta, of Orange County, in 1823, and sec-
ond Marjory, daughter of Robert Woodburn, in 1850, and third
Mary Clancy in 1855.
secured a grant from Earl Granville on South Buffalo, just
south of Greensboro, about 1765. His wife was Margaret Hall,
and their children were Daniel, John, James, Nancy, Anne,
Robert, Patrick and Thankful. Daniel married and died before
his father, leaving two children, Daniel and Peggy ; John became
a Presbyterian minister ; James moved to Tennessee after the
War ; Nancy married George Rankin, son of Robert, in 1791 ;
Anne married William Anderson, son of John ; Robert married
Nancy, daughter of Robert Hanner ; Patrick married Margaret,
daughter of Patrick McGibbony ; Thankful married Col. William
Doak, son of Robert, in 1802.
bought of Alexander McKnight 511 acres on the north side of
Buffalo Creek in 1765. He married Hannah Carson in 1765,
Col. Daniel Gillespie
Members of the Congregation 39
Nancy, Robert, Hannah, Polly, Margaret, Anna and Ruth.
Rebecca married Rev. John Rankin, son of George, in 1786, and
moved to Tennessee ; Samuel married Mary, daughter of William
Scott, in 1800, and located three miles north of the church ;
Jane married John Paisley, son of William, Jr., in 1790 ; Abigail
married Cunningham Smith, son of William, in 1794, and moved
to Decatur County, Illinois ; Joseph married first Mary, daugh-
ter of James Donnell, in 1805, and second Nancy, daughter of
Andrew Donnell, in 1828, and lived near Alamance Church ;
Nancy married Thomas Donnell, son of James, in 1800 ; Robert
married first Margaret, daughter of William Scott, in 1805,
and second Margaret, daughter of William Patterson, in 1827 ;
Hannah married Thomas Denny, son of George, in 1803 ; Polly
married first Samuel Thom, son of John, and second Adam
Scott, son of William, in 1827 ; Margaret married John Nelson,
son of William, in 1799, and lived near High Rock on Haw
River ; Anna married David Wilson, son of Andrew, in 1829 ;
Ruth married Joseph Hanner, son of Robert, in 1807.
For the history of the Ranlvins and the complete genealogy
of the John Rankin family see "Rankin and Wharton Families
and Their Genealogy," by S. M. Rankin.
James Archer secured a section of 640 acres on Horsepen
Creek in 1765 and located there. His wife was Catherine, and
their children were David, Sarah, John, Mary, Thomas and
Elizabeth. John married Agnes McCain in 1783, a sister of
Hance. James Archer died in 1799.
John Gilchrist, the son of William, of Lancaster County, Pa.,
was here in 1766. He was then a very young man and his
father may have been living here at that date. In a dispute about
a farm boundary line in 1795, John Gilchrist testified that the
line had been pointed out to him in 1766, so he was here at that
date. In 1788 William Gilchrist, of Lancaster, County, Pa.,
gave John the 640 acres on Reedy Fork on which John was then
living. His wife was Jean, and their children were John, Wil-
liam, Robert, Samuel, and three daughters, one of whom, Han-
nah, married William Montgomery, Sr.
on South Buffalo in 1766 and located here. Some of his chil-
40 History of Buffalo Presbyterian CfdurcJy and Her People
their children were Thomas, Francis, Anne, Martha, Thankful
and Elijah. Thomas located further east on Buffalo Creek, and
his children were Thomas, Samuel, Robert, David, Anne, Rachel,
Mary and three other daughters, one of whom married Samuel
Climer ; another married James F. McCauley ; and another R. B.
Barkmon; Francis, Jr., became a Presbyterian minister; Anne
married David Mebane, son of "William ; Elijah located south-
west of Greensboro, and died in 1818, leaving the following chil-
dren : Millikan, Martha, Enos, Jean and Anne. Francis, Sr.,
died in 1799, and Thomas, Sr., died in 1808.
David Allison came from Orange County, N. C, and bought
of William Trousdale 490 acres on the headwaters of North
Buffalo in 1767. His wife was Jennet, and their children were
John, Alexander, Samuel and others. John was already mar-
ried when they came to Guilford, and he lived southeast of the
church ; Alexander lived near the church ; and Samuel located on
the south side of Buffalo Creek on Blackwood Branch.
John Chambers (1720-1806) bought of Thomas Flack 481
acres on Walnut Branch, two or three miles north of the church,
in 1773, and located there. But he had been here for some years
before this date, for he was a ruling elder in Buffalo in 1773.
His wife was Elizabeth, and their children, when he made his
will in 1800, were Agnes and Jane. He may have had some sons
who were killed in the War. Agnes married Andrew Wilson,
son of Andrew, Sr. ; Jane married William Rankin, son of
William Rankin (1744-1804), son of Joseph, of Newark, Del-
aware, came in 1768, and lived with his brother John for three
or four years, then bought the eastern part of John's farm, and
located there. He married Jane, daughter of John Chambers,
in 1772, and their children were Elizabeth, Nancy, Sarah, John
Chambers, Anne, Thomas, Jane, Robert C. and William, Jr.
Elizabeth married Elam Wharton, son of Watson, in 1791 ;
Nancy married John Schoolfield in 1800 ; Sarah married John
Wharton, son of Watson, in 1800; John C. married Tabitha,
daughter of Watson Wharton, in 1801 ; Anne married Samuel
E. Donnell, son of James, Sr., in 1800; Thomas married first
Hannah, daughter of John Smith, and second Patsy, daughter
Af embers of the Congregation 41
Church ; Jane married Eli Smith, son of John, in 1810 ; Robert
C. married Sarah, daughter of Joshua Lee, in 1813, and located
at Benaja ; William, Jr., married Thankful, daughter of John
Smith, in 1812, and lived at the home place.
For the history of the Rankins and a complete genealogy
of the William Rankin family see "Rankin and Wharton Fami-
lies and Their Genealogy," by S. M. Rankin.
Hugh Mecklin located north of the church about 1770. There
were at least two sons, James and Hugh, Jr. Hugh, Jr., mar-
ried Agnes, daughter of William Anderson, Jr., and became a
Cumberland Presbyterian minister. All of the Mecklin family
moved to Tennessee after the War. Robert Mecklin was or-
dained to the ministry by Orange Presbytery in 1783, and he
may have been a son of Hugh, Sr.
Three Nelson families located in Guilford. David on South
Buffalo in 1758, William in the northeast part of the county in
1770, and Alexander on Brush Creek in 1770. Alexander had
at least seven children : George, John, James, Robert, Elizabeth,
Ruth and Isabell. Dr. Caldwell preached occasionally on Brush
Creek, and this family must have been members of the Buffalo
William Scott, son of Samuel, Sr., located here in 1770. His
father was a member of the Nottingham Colony, but had re-
turned to Pennsylvania. Samuel, Sr., gave to his son William
640 acres on the waters of the Reedy Fork in 1770. William
had also returned to Pennsylvania with his father and had per-
haps married there before coming back to North Carolina. His
wife was Rebecca, and their children were Samuel, Thomas,
Adam, William, Mary, Margaret, Rebecca and Nancy. Samuel
married Mary Bell in 1793 and moved to Tennessee ; Thomas
married Sarah Lemmons ; Adam married first Mary, daughter
of William and Mary Bell Donnell, second Mrs. Jane Barr
Walker, daughter of James Barr, Sr., and third Mrs. Polly
Rankin Thom, widow of Samuel Thom and daughter of John
Rankin ; William married Martha, daughter of William Don-
nell, and moved to Tennessee; Mary married Samuel Rankin,
son of John, in 1800 ; Margaret married Robert Rankin, son of
John, in 1805 ; Rebecca married James White and moved to
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in 1807. William Scott, Sr., died in 1801.
garet Smart there in 1755, came to Pennsylvania in 1760, came
to North Carolina in 1770, and located on the north side of
Reedy Fork, east of Doggett 's Mill. Their children Avere Joseph,
John, William, and Rachel. Joseph married Sarah, daughter
of Alexander Gray, Sr., in 1791 ; John moved away after the
War ; William married Jane, daughter of Alexander Gray, Sr.,
in 1796 ; Rachel married her first cousin, Robert Hatrick, in
1791. AValter Denny died in 1805.
Samuel Duck, a young man, located on Richland Creek about
1770. He married Mary, daughter of James Denny, Sr., and
they had at least two sons and one daughter. In 1796 he sold
his land here and moved to Tennessee.
Alexander Caldwell, a brother of Dr. David Caldwell, bought
275 acres on North Buffalo in 1771 and located here. He lost
his health by exposure in the army and died shortly after the
War. His widow and children moved to Tennessee.
sylvania, and located on the north side of North Buffalo in
been William, Elizabeth, Daniel, Samuel, Sarah, Robert and
George. AVilliam married Mary, daughter of Samuel Bell, in
1773 and moved to Tennessee in 1797 ; Elizabeth married Rob-
ert Donnell, son of Thomas, Sr., in 1775 ; Daniel married first
Mary, daughter of Robert Ervin, and second Catherine, daugh-
ter of Ralph Gorrell, Sr., in 1816; Samuel became a Presby-
terian minister and was pastor of Spring Creek Church, Tenn-
essee; Sarah married John Donnell, son of Robert, Sr., in 1779;
Robert married first Jennie Morrison, in 1790, and second Mrs.
Nancy Cabe Latta, daughter of John and Mary Strayhorn Cabe,
of Orange County, in 1820 ; George married Lydia, daughter of
Arthur and Lydia Forbis, and located on the Reedy Fork.
The four Donnell families that located here must have been
closely related. Thomas, Sr., and Robert, Sr., who came in 1753,
were brothers ; James, Sr., who came in 1760, and Robert, the
second, who came in 1771, may have been nephews of Thomas and
Members of the Congregation 43
and one of the old men laughingly asked, "What do you sup-
pose has become of the '0' we cast overboard at sea, by this
time?" This would indicate that they all came overseas to-
gether, and that the name was 'Donnell in Ireland. They were
all descendants, or related to, Donald I (861-863), King of
Scotland. The writer was told by the late Dr. John A. McDon-
ald, editor of the Toronto Globe, Toronto, Canada, that the Don-
nells, O'Donnells, Donalds, and McDonalds were all of the same
blood with a common ancestor.
Buffalo in 1772. His first wife was Mary, and in 1796 he mar-
ried Susannah Dick, perhaps a daughter of William. His chil-
dren by his first wife were John, William, Samuel, and perhaps
others, and by his second wife, Benjamin F. John and William
moved to Tennessee after the War ; Samuel remained here and
his children were James, Carrol, John Calvin, Zilla, Serena,
Joseph Addison, Fountain B. and Elizabeth. James and Carrol
moved to the far west ; John Calvin married Rebecca, daughter
of Samuel Rankin, in 1829 ; Zilla married first William Rankin,
son of Samuel, in 1827, and second Frank Roberts in 1832 ;
Serena married Eli Denny, son of Thomas, in 1834; Joseph
Addison married first Matilda Doak in 1825, and second Martha
D., daughter of John and Sarah McAdoo Hanner, in 1836 ;
Fountain B. married first Hannah, daughter of William and
Anne Hatrick Donnell, in 1828, and second Mrs. Malinda Foust,
daughter of John and Rhoda Webb Wharton, in 1870 ; Elizabeth
married John Denny, son of Thomas, in 1841. Benjamin F.,
the youngest son of Moses, married Isabella, daughter of Wil-
liam Denny, in 1824.
tin, a Presbyterian minister of New Jersey. He was educated
at Princeton, N. J, He came to North Carolina in 1762 and
located on the Dan River. There he erected a handsome home
and named it Danbury. In 1772 he bought a home at Guilford
Court House, and lived there part of the time. The name of the
village was changed to Martinsville in his honor. He accom-
panied Dr. Caldwell to Gov. Tryon's camp the day before the
Alamance battle, and Dr. Caruthers says he and Dr. Caldwell
44 History of Buffalo Presbyterian Church and Her People
Buffalo congregation while he was living at Martinsville, only
four miles from the church.
John Maxwell located on the Reedy Fork in 1772. Some of
his children were John, Samuel and Thomas. Samuel lived at
the home place and died there about 1806, and his children were
Robert, Samuel, Alexander, Margaret, Elizabeth, Hannah, James
and Catherine. Samuel, Jr., married Mary, daughter of Ralph
Gorrell, Sr. ; Margaret married William Phibbs ; Elizabeth mar-
ried Thomas McNeeley; Hannah married William Lockhart.
These were all members of the Buffalo congregation. Some of
the Maxwell family located farther east and united with the
Haw River Church. In 1808 the heirs of Samuel Maxwell, Sr.,
sold to Newton and Clement Cannon, uncles of Joseph G. Can-
non, United States Congressman from Illinois, 1,720 acres in
Williamson County, Tennessee. The Maxwells must have gotten
this land in payment for war service.
land, came to North Carolina about 1773 and located at Guilford
Court House. He was a member of the county court for many
years. He had married Virlinda Bell in Maryland in 1759, and
their children were Mary, William, Peter, Samuel and Anne.
Mary married first Major James Campbell in 1777, and second
Smith Moore, son of Risdon and Mary Smith Moore ; Anne mar-
ried Risdon Moore, son of diaries and Mary Cooper Moore. All
of these except the Smith Moore family moved to Hancock
County, Ga., about 1790. There Col. William Dent died about
1805, and in 1813 most of these Georgia families moved to Illi-
nois. Charles S. Deneen, a great-great-grandson of Col. William
Dent, was governor of Illinois, 1905-1909, and later United
William, who settled here about 1772 ; David on the Alamance
and William on the Reedy Fork. William's wife was Eleanor
and their children were Robert, William, Jr., John, David,
James, Alexander, Elizabeth and Martha. This family later
became affiliated with the Haw River Church. Robert D., the
son of William, Jr., became a Presbyterian minister.
Members of the Congregation 45
ruling elder at that date. His second wife was Mrs. Jane Pais-
ley White, widow of John White and sister of Col. John Paisley.
His children by his first wife were Elizabeth, Sarah, Robert,
John, William, Jr., James and Rebecca. Elizabeth married
Henry Billingslej^ in 1784; Sarah married John Anderson in
1793 ; Robert and John moved to Sumner County, Tenn. ; Wil-
liam, Jr., married Anne Anderson in 1792 and moved to South
Carolina; James married Rebecca, daughter of John Ross, in
1795 and died shortly thereafter ; Rebecca married Joel Murray.
William Gowdy, Sr., died in 1795.
Henry, James and John Ross appear to have been brothers.
All lived on Horsepen Creek about 1773. Their father may
have been located here, but no record of him has been found.
Henry married a daughter of ruling elder John Anderson, and
moved to Tennessee about 1797 ; James married and lived just
across the road from the new Battle Ground Methodist Church ;
John married Mary, daughter of Robert Mitchell, and their
children were Rebecca, Nancy, Margaret, Mary, Jane, Thomas,
John, James and Andrew.
Joseph McDowell came from Pennsylvania and located on
Richland Creek about 1774. His children were Joseph, Mary,
Elizabeth, Hannah, James and John. Joseph, Jr., married Mar-
tha, daughter of John and Jane Paisley White ; Elizabeth mar-
ried Mr. Duff : Hannah married Mr. Ferguson ; James returned
from the army after his father 's death ; John was killed or died
in the army. Joseph, Sr., died in 1797 and the family moved to
Tennessee and later to Kentucky.
in Pennsylvania and came to North Carolina about 1774 and
located on Richland Creek. Their children were William and
Martha. William died young; Martha married Joseph McDow-
ell, Jr., and their children were Joseph, Martha, Jane, Eliza-
beth, James and Abner. In 1801 this family moved to Ken-
tucky. John White died in 1787, and his widow became the
second wife of William Gowdy, Esq.
olina about the same time John came. He married Rebecca,
46 History of Buffalo Presbyterian Church and Her People
wife was Ewing, and their children were James, Elizabeth, Mar-
garet, John, William, Jean and Robert. James married first
Elizabeth L., daughter of Nathaniel Brown, in 1774, and sec-
ond Elizabeth, daughter of John Smith, Sr., in 1795. He lived
on Mears Fork for a while and in 1795 located on Rock Creek ;
Elizabeth married John Kerr; Margaret married Samuel
Mitchell, son of Adam, in 1795 ; John married Mary, daughter
of Adam Mitchell, and died without issue; William's wife was
Margaret and he lived at the home place and reared a family ;
Robert married Mary, daughter of Samuel Scott, Jr., in 1791
and moved to Tennessee. John McMurray, Sr., died in 1789.
His wife was Elizabeth, and their children were James, John,
William, Daniel, Hannah, and perhaps others. He died in 1786.
Patrick McGibbony located on the Reedy Fork about 1776.
After the War he located on the head waters of Sout|i Buffalo
where J. B. Stroud now lives. He married Margaret Denny
in 1783, and their children were David, John, Margaret, Jane,
Isabel and Martha. David married Elizabeth Elliot and left
several children, one of whom, Jane, married Emsley Armfield ;
John moved to Mecklenburg County ; Margaret married Pat-
rick Gillespie, son of Col. Daniel ; Jane married Isaiah
Weatherly ; Isabel married John McClintock, Jr. ; Martha mar-
ried John B. Stafford. Capt. Patrick McGibbony and Col.
Daniel Gillespie were specially good friends and war cronies.
Capt. McGibbony willed Col. Gillespie a slave to wait on him,
and Col. Gillespie named one of his sons Patrick.
James Cami^bell was living at the Court House in 1777. He
may have located there earlier. He married Mary Dent in 1777
and died in 1781. He may have been killed in the War. He had
at least one son, John. He may have received a grant of land
in Tennessee for war service, for in 1795 John sells to John
Smith 1,000 acres on Duck River there.
same time. James and John were no doubt brothers. These
Members of the Congregation 47
from the state a grant for 640 acres. His wife was Catherine,
and their children were Elizabeth, Rebecca, Robert, John, Wil-
liam, Samuel and Mary.
of South Buffalo Creek about 1778. Charles died in 1787, leav-
ing the following children : William, Rebecca, Jane, Robert and
Thomas Henderson, son of Samuel and Elizabeth Williams
Henderson, of Granville County, located on the Dan River in
what is now Rockingham County. In 1778 he married Jane, a
sister of Gov. Alexander Martin. He was clerk of the Guilford
County Court from 1778 to 1785, and made his home at Mar-
tinsville part of the time. Their children were Alexander, Sam-
uel, Polly, Jane, Nathaniel and Eanny. In as much as the wife
and mother in the home was a daughter of a Presbyterian min-
ister the - family must have attended Buffalo while living at
There appears to have been two Weatherly brothers, Edward
and William, who settled between North Buffalo and Reedy Fork
about 1778, and there was another Weatherly family on South'
were Mark, Edward, William, Martin, Sarah, Elizabeth, Mary,
Henrietta and Deborah. Sarah married William McClintock in
1793 ; Elizabeth became the second wife of Samuel Fulton in
1796 ; Mary married Aaron Bishop ; Henrietta married James
Stafford ; Deborah married Elkanah Chilcutt.
dren were Abner, Joseph and others. Abner was sheriff of the
county. He married Jane, daughter of Samuel Fulton, and
their children were Abner, Jr., Andrew, Peter, William and